07 November 2012
Just a brief note to offer my sincere Thank You to all those who voted, supported, and rooted for this campaign! I was humbled by the words of encouragement and the time, energy, and resources donated. A special thanks to the volunteers who walked the streets and knocked on doors, made the calls, traversed pastures, marshes, and the dirt road and wonderful backroads of SE Oklahoma for this campaign. A very special thanks to the campaigner that all others are measured by -- my Mother! Thank you to my dear my most fervent supporter (and the worlds greatest "Big Sister" -- Emily Houchen Whitbeck. To Hack Welch -- your support meant the world to me. Kaye Beach, Dave Brook, Hugh Smith, John Roberts...you folks are AWESOME!!! Holly Gerard, Matt Pinnell, Pam Pollard...I can not thank you enough. Rhonda Wren...what can I say? You cut your political teeth by volunteering to help this campaign and you SHINED! Charles (Mr. Carol...LoL!) and Carol Bone, Don Covington, Terry Caldwell, The Kernells, Robert Buck, Joyce Fluellen, Carolyn Thomas, and all the rest of our family and friends...I am honored by your hard work and dedication toward helping SE Oklahoma become the place we know it can be and that all of us deserve. If I have not mentioned you specifically, it is not purposeful and I apologize. There are so many who deserve proper recognition.
To my loving, beautiful, and caring wife of 26+ years, Jeannie -- you have stood firmly beside me during successes and near successes. You are the GREATEST thing I will ever encounter! To both my boys - Jared and Collin - everything that happens is an opportunity to learn. Knowledge is power...gain as much as possible and use it wisely to preserve Liberty for all.
We ran a positive campaign from start to finish and for that I am very proud. All any of us ever desired was to help. You showed faith in me to do what I had said I would do -- represent SE Oklahoma I request two things: 1) Let us never forget who we are as Americans and as Oklahomans -- a fiercely resilient people who are independently minded with a zeal for innovation and desire to be left to our own inventions. 2) If you run across our signs when your out and about, PLEASE gather them up!
Thank you and may God Bless each and every one.
Senator Tom Coburn Announces Endorsement of
Oklahoma State Senate District 5 Candidate Howard Houchen
For Immediate Release: Oct 1, 2012
Hugo, OK -- On the heels of endorsements and public support from the National Federation of Independent Business, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, and Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, Oklahoma 2A second amendment rights organization, Dr. Tom Coburn, the junior U.S. Senator for Oklahoma steps forward to ask for support and the vote of Oklahomans for State Senate Candidate Howard Houchen.
Dr. Coburn stated, "We need leaders in the Oklahoma Senate who have the courage and commitment to find and eliminate wasteful spending, limit the growth of state government, and hold politicians and bureaucrats accountable to taxpayers.”
"I expect Howard Houchen to be that kind of legislator, and I hope the voters of Senate District 5 will elect him on November 6."
Houchen responded, “I am so honored to have the giant of fiscal responsibility and a man of courage to speak the truth and find my candidacy worthy of public support. Dr. Coburn has been an inspiration by showing that government can work better, differently, and smaller, and we would be all the better for it. I intend to take the principles espoused by Dr. Coburn to the floor of the State Senate, showing my neighbors how we can improve our economic future by implementing common sense policies and rolling back hurtful ones in order to create a better future for Little Dixie and our Great State of Oklahoma!”
Houchen recognizes that Constitutional principles trump special interests, and the guarantees of Life, Liberty and Property must be protected. He announced his campaign earlier this year to unseat long term politician Jerry Ellis, who is term-limited by law and will be required to vacate his seat halfway through the next term. Houchen is the only candidate on the ballot for the race that can serve the constituents of Oklahoma Senate 5 the entire four year term of office.
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NFIB. Oklahoma News
National Federation ofIndependent Business • 3324 Brush Creek Rd.· Oklahoma City, OK 73120· 405-310-9779· Fax 888-258-5876
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jerrod Shouse 405-650-2981
NFIB/Oklahoma Endorses Howard Houchen for State Senate District 05
OKLAHOMA CITY, August 10,2012 - The National Federation of lndependent Business, Oklahoma's leading small business association, today announced its endorsement of Howard Houchen of Hugo in his bid for election to the Oklahoma legislature.
Jerrod Shouse, NFIN/Oklahoma state director, said today that "Mr. Houchen has received the support of NFIB Oklahoma because he has a clear understanding of the needs of small business owners. Howard Houchen believes in protecting their rights as well as fighting to keep unnecessary regulations from adding to the burden of running a successful business."
"Houchen knows how important small businesses are to the economy of Oklahoma and will work to provide the tools small business owners need to operate their businesses. We are proud to endorse his candidacy," Shouse said.
NFIB's endorsement brings with it the powerful support of thousands of small business owners from across the state. "Our members, the independent business owners, know and appreciate the importance of an ally in the legislature," said Shouse.
This endorsement comes from the Oklahoma SAFE (Save America's Free Enterprise) Trust, NFIB's political action committee. The National Federation of Independent Business bases its political support n candidates' positions and records on small business issues.
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NFIB is the nation's leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, onpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB's owerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America's free enterprise system. NFIB's mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.Nl-Ht.com/newsroom.